The Boathouse Nelson

Welcome to The Boathouse

     The Boathouse is an attractive wooden heritage building built over the sea on the picturesque Nelson Haven.  It is owned & run by The Boathouse Society that was set up in 1986 to restore the building and today it operates as a Cafe, Event & Performance Space, Wedding & Function Venue, Community Hall & Club.  This website has brief info. on the building history, the Lunch Cafe, Club Membership, Friday Night Music & Cafe, Upcoming Events and hiring The Boathouse for your function, wedding, party, life celebration......  


A typical week at The Boathouse:

Monday: Corporate Function; evening Choir meeting

Tuesday: Life Celebration /Funeral; evening Dance class 

Wednesday: Lunch café; evening Conference Dinner or Awards Night or Member Activity

Thursday: Lunch café; evening Rotary or Corporate Function

Friday: Lunch café; evening Live Music & Cafe, Wine Tasting (monthly)

Saturday: Birthday Party or Wedding

Sunday: Members day - kayaking, bbq-ing, swimming, paddle-boarding, fishing, fish & chips on the deck

For more information please contact the Manager, Ali Howard.

The Boathouse Society

326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson, 7010, New Zealand

 (03) 548 7646
Email info(at) 

* We take bookings for lunch but not Friday evenings


The Boathouse Nelson, Proud Recipients of:
Aronui Wine & Nelson Tomato Magazine Dine Out Awards, Best Music Venue in Nelson/Marlborough 2017
Southern Bride Top Ten Wedding Venue 2015
Nelson City Council Heritage Heroes Award




Cafe - Lunch & Dinner


From its large deck over the water, The Boathouse Cafe has the best location in Nelson and is open to everyone for lunch 11.30am to 2pm each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and Friday evenings from 5pm.  Our aim is simple and fresh food, beautifully cooked and lovingly served. 

Sample menu here


The Boathouse Nelson, Venue Hire


The Boathouse is a popular venue for weddings, celebrations, parties, meetings, conference dinners and product launches with capacity for up to 190 people. We have a full On-Licence & a commercial kitchen.  Contact us to find out more about hiring The Boathouse!

Click here for more info.

Become a Member

The Boathouse Nelson Become a member


The Boathouse is run as a thriving club with shareholding members who enjoy many benefits, including use of the building, member days, yacht moorings, use of boats and kayaks, discounts on food and drinks, member parties. There are many advantages - contact us.

More info..

To receive the Boathouse Monthly Events Newsletter please send your email to the Manager at info(at)